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Monday, December 22, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 36.0° F  Light Rain Fog/Mist
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FOOD AND DRINK

Madison eats agenda: Taste of Willy Street, Syttende Mai, Morel Mushroom Festival, Slow Food Madison, WORT Block Party

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 Try JD's fabled steak burger and more at new Bassett Street restaurant

During the course of a late Friday-night run to JD's food cart -- located between Gorham and State on Broom -- my companion and I were offered mystery foil-wrapped packages (alleged to be cheesecake) by a guy on the street, lightly panhandled and mooned. If this is not your preferred gauntlet to run for a burger or a fish sandwich, then the new JD's Soul Food storefront operation on the ground floor of the Aberdeen apartments might offer a little less student-body (ahem) wackiness. >More
 Madison eats agenda: More markets and beer, Brat Bash

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 Freewheeling! Madison's street-food scene shifts into high gear

At 9 a.m. in the Banzo kitchen on Sherman Avenue, '70s funk pumps out of speakers high over a spotless stainless-steel prep area as Aaron Collins, Netalee Sheinman and chef Dan Schmitz get ready for lunch service on Library Mall. It will be the first Monday back from spring break, and while it's sunny out, it's also chilly and really windy. For all those reasons, Collins isn't sure what kind of a crowd to expect at the Banzo cart: "The weather has a lot to do with it." >More
 Happy Grill is cheap and filling 82 different ways

My new culinary crush, New York chef April Bloomfield, gives some good cautionary advice: "Remember, it's easy to make simple food taste great" -- as long as you don't mess it up (to finish her statement more delicately than she did). Not to say all Mexican cuisine is simple, but much like Italian food, I think it shows that simple can be sublime. >More
 'Just Dining' guide looks at Madison restaurants from workers' point of view

An unusual new guide to downtown restaurants is being created, and it's raising some eyebrows. It's meant for connoisseurs -- not of good food, but of good employment conditions. The "Just Dining" guide will inform customers and workers about downtown restaurant wages, hours and working conditions. >More
 Madison eats agenda: Farmers' markets, Craft Beer Week, Bloody Lake Rendezvous, REAP Spring Gala

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 Captain Bill's launches a 'Dinner in White' for Madison

This spring, I've had the pleasure of indulging in a pantheon of Madison firsts, among them a Bacchanalian bone luge, and, as of last Thursday night, Captain Bill's launch of "Dinner in White." The concept was inspired by Paris' annual Dner en Blanc, an annual by-invitation-only flash mob pop-up picnic feast, with an element of surprise and inherent theatrics. >More
 Madison prominent in The Weight of the Nation, an HBO documentary on childhood obesity

At first glance, Hamilton Middle School student Kaelan Guetschow is an average teenager. He loves playing video games with his friends and riding his bike through the arboretum. He hates school lunches. But unlike many of his peers, 14-year-old Kaelan has already had his first taste of fame. >More
 Madison eats agenda: UW Alumni Weekend, Ultimate Ice Cream Social, Flavors of Madison

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